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Atelier Li Xinggang, "The Third Space" by Metropolitan Society

Located in the Hebei province of China, design practice Atelier Li Xinggang recently revealed their residential project in Tangshan, East of Beijing. The infrastructure is designed to protect residents from strong exposure to sunlight. With it's two monumental towers angled at a slant, it helps dissipate heat by creating cast shadows, which are accompanied with irregular cantilever balconies to provide further cooling. View more of the project below. 

 
 
 
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Photography by Guangyuan Zhang, Xinggang Li, Peng Sun

Leon Emanuel Blanck F/W17 Editorial by Metropolitan Society

We present to you an editorial by Leon Emanuel Blanck for his F/W 17' collection. 

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Photography: Julian Beekmann

Models: Olivier Weppe, Klaudia Krzeminicky
Art Director: Laura Mahlberg
Light Design: Vincent von Tiedemann, Tim Krumbügel, Max Andor
Hair & Make-up: Laura Rainalter
Postproduction: Rawline
Copyright: Third Picture


All clothing by Leon Emanuel Blanck

Desert Interpretation Center: Emilio Marín & Juan Carlos López by Metropolitan Society

Architects Emilio Marín & Juan Carlos López, erect a new public space building in the Atacama Desert of Chile. The project aimed to challenge the contemporary idea of the deserts landscape in relation to architecture, and how they parallel. The building's exterior primarily composed of corten steel, encompassing the tones of the Atacama Desert. The form of the infrastructure is created in different heights and forms, drawing inspiration from the disproportionate landscape of the desert.  The buildings expand outwards from the center, where a patio is located. The centralized patio helps to create a new dimension of oasis and ecosystem. The entity of the space helps draw people in, creating a new sense of intimacy between the infrastructure and its surrounding landscape.


Photography by Pablo Casals Aguirre & Felipe Fontecilla

Museum of Contemporary Art Africa by Heatherwick Studio by Jerry Perez

Heatherwick’s Studio recent project of the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is reimagined, using an old grain silo complex to bring forth the largest museum for promoting African contemporary art. Located in V&A Waterfront, Capetown, it’s one of South Africa’s biggest industrial city. Heatherwick Studio transformed the silos to capture and show the progressive history of the waterfront from it’s Industrial age to using the museum as a cultural epicenter. MOCAA’s final design holds up to 80 galleries and 6,000 square meters of exhibition space. It’s interior space consists of 9,500 square meter, 9 floors, commercial space and a rooftop garden. View more of the project below. Photography courtesy of Iwan Baan.

NYFW S/S 18 Street Style Recap by Metropolitan Society

We present to you a street style recap of Women's New York Fashion Week. Photography by Jerry Perez 

Seaside Home in Kanagawa by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates by Jerry Perez

Shinichi Ogawa & Associate's, have released their recent project of a windowless facade residential sea side home in the prefecture of Kanagawa-ken, Japan. The sea side home features a cantilever with an infinity pool, facing the Pacific Ocean. The residences street facing facade is made up of three white volumes with a single palm tree to bring a sense of harmony and leisure. What makes the design of the home even more interesting, is the linear format of the floor plan. Each room parallels each other with an uninterrupted view of the sea. View more of the project below, and make sure to check out other projects by Shinichi Ogawa & Associate here. 

Photography courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Hiroshi Sambuichi: ‘Cisternerne’ Installation by Jerry Perez

Japanese architect, Hiroshi Sambuichi, has released his first major international exhibition in Copenhagen. Incorporating forces of nature, derived from his inspiration of natural elements, in which he aggregates to his architectural practice. The entire subterranean space was transformed with vegetation, natural light, and the returning element of water.


Sambuichi also built his own version of the Itsukushima shrine from the island of Miyajima, to compliment and contrast the natural element of water that runs through the reservoir. View more of the installation below. Photography courtesy of Rasmus Hjortshøj

Dover Street Market Opens Singapore Location by Jerry Perez

We present to you, Dover Street Market's, new Singapore location. For those unfamiliar with Dover Street Market; it is a multi-brand store founded by Rei Kawakubo (designer of Comme Des Garçons) and her husband, Adrian Joffe. They currently have 3 locations in; London, Tokyo, New York, and now their 4th location in the Dempsey Hill area of Singapore. As opposed to DSM's other locations where they are vertically built, their new Singapore store is one floor, based off of an old army barrack. The new location will be set to house brands from the likes of Balenciaga, Craig Green, Casey Casey, Gucci, J.W Anderson, Comme Des Garçons and more. Adrian and Rei have formulated Dover Street Market to be a one stop lifestyle destination, for those interested in the design field. 

To visit Dover Street Market Singapore, click here

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Photography courtesy of Club 21

OFIS Architects' Modular House by Jerry Perez

OFIS architects recent compact house project developed from the idea of flexible and adaptable homes that can aptly fit into any terrain. The infrastructures composition is made from timber frames that are reinforced on both sides by plywood boards. The foundation of the houses can either be fixed into the ground by steel anchors, or be removable with concrete cubes. With it’s flexibility to fit into any terrain and climate, it can form to be a single unit, research habitation, stack on top of each other, or used entirely different to the homeowners needs. Check out more of the project below and visit OFIS Architects for more projects and ideas.  

Images by Janez Martincic and OFIS Architects

Elding Oscarson's Skissernas Museum Extension by Jerry Perez

Architecture practice, Elding Oscarson, has released their recent extension project in Sweden of Lund University's Skissernas Museum, incorporating Corten steel. Designed adjacent to the museum's sculpture park, the new extension creates a facade to introduce a new entrance, museum shop and dining area.


From the designer: “The new addition of slightly bent volumes is projecting itself into the existing sculpture park, releasing its grip of the street grid and instead latching on to the diagonal approach through the park.” View more of the project below, and make sure to view more of Elding Oscarson's projects here

Photography by Åke Elson Lindman.

Link to the Skissernas Museum here.

SKF Test Centre by Tchoban Voss Architekten by Jerry Perez

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Tchoban Voss Architects has released their newest project located in Schweinfurt, Germany. The SKF Test Centre is widely known for their highest performance testing for large scale bearings and leading technology pioneers. The testing centre is comprised of conjoined halls that are unequal in height to serve different purposes. The largest volume hall is used for it’s large scale testing, while the smaller hall is mainly used for offices, workshops, storage and technical functions. The infrastructures exterior is composed of reinforced concrete columns, slabs, and sleeve foundation with its façade made primarily of reflective white aluminum panels. See more of the project below.

Architects: Tchoban Voss Architekten

Location: Sven-Wingquist-Straße 6, 97424 Schweinfurt, Germany

Photography: Hans-Jürgen Landes

Grândola Meeting Center by Aires Mateus by Jerry Perez

The Grandola Meeting Center located in Grandola, Portugal; is a prime example of utilizing design principles such as negative space, form, and proportions to create an interactive space. Used primarily for large or small event gatherings, the space benefits with it's geometric ceiling design, receding back to optimize use of space, without having to sacrifice practicality. See the rest of the project below.

 

Architects: Aires Mateus

Location: 7570 Grândola, Portugal

Project Year: 2016

Photographs: Nelson Garrido

House MP by SALWORK Architects by Jerry Perez

SALWORKS Architects' recent residential design of House MP in Ponta Delgada, Portugal, is conveniently located between the cities urban and rural area. The site was designed to work around the natural development of Portugal's Mediterranean climate regions and landscape. Allowing natural light to pass through from both the south and west sections of the home. The attic also serves purpose of allowing natural light in to the atelier, and overseeing the homes 2 patios. Check out the images below and visit SALWORKS to see more of the project.

Architects: SALWORKS

Location: Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Architect in Charge: Rui Sabino de Sousa

Project Year: 2013

Manufacturers: Cosentino, Saint Gobain, Technal, CIN, Revigres, Cinca

Photography courtesy of SALWORKS Architects

 

Studio LOOP 'Plug' House: Japan by Jerry Perez

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Studio LOOP in Japan has released their recent residential project in Gunma, Japan. Designed for a small family, the structure is composed of two levels with three corners sliced at one section to reduce budget expenses and to bring forth a compelling composition to the overall design. Studio LOOP also focused on natural lighting, by balancing the interaction between people and space, bringing harmony to the home. Check out the images below of the project.

Design by:  Studio LOOP

Structure: Hasegawa Daisuke

Structural Plan: Daisuke Hasegawa, Mayumi Yasuda

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Photography: Kai Nakamura

'Plugin' House by People's Architecture Office by Jerry Perez

Architecture firm, PAO recently completed a residential project for a private client in the historic neighborhood; Hutong, Beijing. By designing with this 'plugin' method, prefabricated parts are easily constructed, accessible, and stay all within the dimensions of the given space. The project was a custom design with an extending ceiling to allow natural light and double heighten space.

 

 


Location: Changchun Jie, Beijing, China
Completed: July 2016
Principal: He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
Project team: Chen Yihuai, Zhang Zhen
Photography: People’s Architecture Office, Gao Tianxia

Interview: Justin Dean by Stephen Hopkins

Gentry is a one stop shop for some of the best menswear products in New York. The Brooklyn based retail shop stocks eclectic, high fashion pieces from the likes of Junya Wantanabe and Comme Des Garcons that tie hand-in-hand with industry inspired workwear brands such as Engineered Garments and Post Overall’s. Other brands, such as Our Legacy, Visvim, and Nanamica, are laced within the profile of what Gentry has to offer. They have recently re-located, and opened up a pop-up shop that hosted all of Gentry’s goodies until the brand new shop was finished. Gentry's new location on North 7th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn has opened it's doors, and we were able to catch up with Justin Dean, the store manager, buyer, and stylist for Gentry’s photography work to ask a few questions about his store experience and creative process.

MS: How did you begin your career in fashion? Can you pinpoint where your creative interest stemmed from?

JD: My background is in philosophy and art. I see fashion as existing within a larger aesthetic context. I am a big fan of Stanley Kubrick, and the work that Milena Canonero did on Clockwork Orange. Barry Lyndon and The Shining stood out to me at a very early age. She has also done beautiful work for Wes Anderson, Francis Coppoloa & Steven Soderbergh, and is a constant source of inspiration for me. But, seeing those Kubrick films put me in tune with clothing, and how that can express the soul of a person.

MS: How would you describe your personal style?

Jd: I wear a mix of Comme des Garcons, Yohji, Junya, Dries and Engineered Garments. I like to mix high and low, luxury and street.

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MS: Justin, you dabble in all sorts of fields within the menswear industry. Where do you find inspiration for buying, managing, etc? What mediums other than fashion do you find inspiration in?

JD: Creatively, I find inspiration in painting, film, music and the streets. New York is filled with diversity, creativity and a practicality that I find endlessly inspiring. In running a business, Gentry allows me to use both sides of my brain. It is a creative endeavor but it is also, at the end of the day, a business as well.

MS: One of my favorite things about Gentry is your strong product and editorial footage. Can you speak about the importance of a good visual presence within the industry? How do you approach the styling of your editorial shoots, as well as the stories told within them?

JD: In our editorials e want to express our love for the clothing and give a sense of how it would be worn in the street. We love mixing the creative and the practical, the high and the low. The visual presentation is essential in that it expresses the way the clothing looks, feels and moves.

MS: We spoke about Gentry steadily finding its unique and individual aesthetic within this ever-crowding menswear world. Can you tell us why Gentry separates itself from the pack?

JD: We want to keep it simple while expressing our love for clothing, and to express those pieces from a New York perspective.

MS: The folks at Gentry and yourself have been working on a new space opening in the spring just a few blocks from the current pop-up location. Can you give us some insight on what the new space will offer as far as design, product mix, etc?

JD: Black & white palette, with minimal design that allows that clothing to shine. And good beats.

MS: What are some of the most important things you have learned during the evolution of Gentry and you time involved within the fashion game? What advice would you give to those trying to get involved?

JD: Even with change there must be a sense of direction. Know what you want to do; stay true to what you like; and learn to improvise within that.

Marsell S/S 15 Collection by Jerry Perez

A while ago, I wrote an article on craftsman Chin Teo to highlight the dwindling value placed on true artisans. It ennobles me to present yet another brand focused on craftsmanship rather than industrial manufacture. Based in Italy, the small, in-house leather goods brand Marsell, constructs shoes and accessories that exemplify the artisanal ethos. While I'm not enthused about high-end streetstyle and gothic ninja being the new age of fashion, Marsell is an exception and cannot be ignored. They have mastered coalescing modern classicism and traditional utilitarian values. The production of Marsell's shoes feels refreshingly organic. Intentional cuts and slits turn into statements. Polishes and sculptural innovation give new meaning to the craftsman milieu that enables their function.

Stepping into Marsell's showroom, I was greeted by the most crisp of professionals. Wearing a simple black suit whose tapered trousers had just the right amount of drop to them, the showroom’s PR showed me in. Jean inundated me with innumerable details about the leathers, treatments, care, and production as well as how Marsell shares their leather with in-house brand, Guidi. Marsell believes in freedom of expression, and, through that notion, created ‘Marselleria permanent exhibition’ in 2009: a multi-disciplinary platform on which artists can express their ideas without limitation. Through expansion of style, Marselleria merges an inordinate amount of radical artists, while preserving the professional values that Marsell carries through their oeuvre. Marsell manages to create such seemingly facile production of quality leather goods that it is clear why they are well respected in the artisanal community; all while retaining their traditional ethos and adding subdued innovation to their work.

Chin Teo F/W 15 Collection by Jerry Perez

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Fashion continuously changes at a breakneck pace which brings a throwaway sense of entitlement about the artisans, who run at a slower pace. With young designers taking control of today's fashion, it leaves little to no room for those who focus on traditional values and quality construction. Despite the dwindling pantheon of artisans, it brings me delight to present to you Chin Teo's F/W 15 collection. I have always been a fan of Chin Teo's traditional approach to making jewelry, but his bringing new life to metalsmithing and artisanal craftsmanship is something exhilarating. Something about his new collection brought a juxtaposition of peace and calamity. Intentional cuts and refinements became statements of his personal style. His chains feature subtle and soft detailing that balances well when paired with his tortured-style sterling silver .925 rings that were forged through fire and acid to have a washed and sanded down texture and appeal. Everything from his 18k yellow, rose, and white gold rings and necklaces, through his more affordable .925 works leave the viewer to be mired at the fact that one can still hand-make this evocative work and survive on talent alone. Chin Teo is a prime example of artisans out there who believe in quality construction, and refining traditional techniques in order to seamlessly mix the old with the new.

Photography by Anubisstudio http://www.chinteo.com/